• A New Me, Mixed News From the Doctor

    Had my followup this morning. Mixed bag of news. :( I guess, again, I need to see the big picture, but so many little things bother me. So, good news first:

    • BP is normal, but has been for some time now, so that med is working VERY well. (I know it’s not me being more calm, that is never going to happen. lol)

    well, I guess that is it for good news, at least in my mind. So, the bad:

    • Weight, exactly the same as 3 months ago. :( I was almost certain I had lost something, but I guess not. Kinda pissed off about this, as for example, yesterday, at my nephew’s party, I DID NOT have cake, or any sweets, stuck to veggie tray, yes some dips too, and water. I didn’t even drink! And this is what happens? :(
    • My sugar has been running higher again, which bothers me to no end. so now I will wait impatiently for the A1C to come back, to see if the overall number is better. I have been trying to be so good on this, I guess it’s time to make more changes. Drastic ones this time.

    So, the plan is this. Today, I am going to get new laces for my sneakers, and 4 new pairs of sweat pants. I have a gym in my apartment complex, and I will hit that damn treadmill till it screams for mercy. Ok, it cant talk, so, I will be doing no less then 45 mins A DAY, no exceptions, EVERY day. On days I have tarp duty for the colorguard, I will give myself an exception, come see a Cadet Shen show you’ll understand. lol

    Food intake: cut back ALL alcohol to no more then once a week, and even then cut down on those nights too. For the most part, I was good over the holidays, but, I will cut it down even more. Lunches, switching to a wrap, or 6″ sub at most, and will find alternative food to bring in. Breakfast, switching to ONE Kind bar or less. Snacks will be carrots, celery, you get the idea.

    I know I need to keep looking at the averages from last 3 months on my sugar levels, but as they creep back up, whatever the reason was, I am doubling-down my efforts. I REFUSE to let this shit beat me.

  • A New me, December 16th, 2014 Blog

    So I know I title this “A New Me” when I blog, but, I guess in reality that new me is learning how to control my sugar better. Along with that, will come the new me I am sure. At 41, my body decided to teach me a lesson I guess, and being overweight, etc etc and diabetes, hypertension, and all the lovely things that go along with it hit me; almost on queue, in July….when I turned 41. lol

    Ok, universe, I hear you.

    With that being said, I am learning I can “oops” here and there and still keep my levels in check. I also learned, thanks to some great reading on Mayo Clinic website, the American Diabetes website, and other trusted venues that a 2-hour after meal reading of under 160 is actually ok. Being my over-achieving self, I was aiming for 120, but quickly learned and got replies from everyone that I am doing ok.

    I haven’t talked much about the hypertension because, honestly, it’s been a non-issue. I was prescribed a med for that back in April and it immediately came back in check. Normal BP. Granted, I have the added “bonus” of feeling drowsy MOST of the time, but I am finding ways to “cure” that too; a short story there…..back when I was a kid growing up, going to Shen, my step-father would see me tired, moping around, etc….he’d tell me to go do something, cut the grass, snow-blow the driveway, something. Well, that stuck with me all my life. Granted, I know some people are going yeah right, you’re huge now, and I am. But, it’s amazing what a quick paced walk, some push-ups, etc can do to get me over the sleepiness. And on Sundays, well blah I just relax. lol

    And I am keeping my brain active as well. In addition to actual paid-for work, I am a member of the Knights of Columbus (of which I am now the membership Chancellor), I DJ for an online radio station, I’ve taken on the Color-guard home-show program duties, I’ve worked all but one concert or event to raise money for my daughter’s color-guard. Why am I telling all of this? Because in getting semi-active again, and yes I have a LONG way to go, but in doing all of that I have discovered I CAN cheat here and there and keep my numbers in check my MOVING! I’ve seen what days of vegging can do to the sugar levels, and they suck.

    So I guess in summary, here are the changes so far: Cut back first from 4+ Diet Mt. Dews a day to none, then cut back to only ONE Diet soda of ANY kind a day at most, to now less then a few a week. I have reduced my portions of foods, and in some cases removed a lot of foods from my diet. Pastas for example used to be a weekly thing for me. Now, I only cook it or eat it occasionally. I am eating more chicken (much to my daughter’s happiness, since it’s her favorite food), more proteins. I have started walking more, not minding the walk from the parking in the mornings or getting up off my ass to go do something.

    Baby steps. It took me 20+ years to get to this weight, I know it’s not going to fall off overnight, but I am getting there. And along with saying goodbye to that weight, I am hopeful the diabetes will correct itself as well.

    And then there is that idea that someone gave me a few years ago…..to apply to biggest loser. I mean, what producer wouldn’t wanna see a former Marine get back IN shape, and wear my blues at the reveal? Hmmmmmm, it’s a thought…..to be continued…….

  • A New Me, Journal Dec 7, 2014

    Well, today and last night were not perfect. Saturday night wasn’t so bad, I had unlimited soup with salad at Chili’s. I did the chili, which seemed better then other options, and the salad with ONE dressing total. Yes I did have an adult beverage, but even those I have cut WAY back on. Still, my sugar has been creeping back up again. Then tonight, ugh. :(

    The overall average is down drastically, say 14-day or even 30-day averages, but these one-off spikes bother me. All the reading I do about this and trying to get myself better says even a short-term spike can have long-term issues overall. Then there is stress. Along with the stress I can feel tonight, I KNOW it’s playing a role in the numbers being elevated again. Stress, body’s fight or flight, and more sugar gets generated by the body.

    It’s the season. But, who am I kidding my stress levels have been elevated for going on 4 years now. :( Coupled with the season….yeah, it’s a different kind of stress for me then most, but trying to be a single dad and support all of this, and keep it going…..and my number is up again. It’s a never ending fight for all of us isn’t it? Balancing a budget, trying to support however many you need to, and then trying to plan how much I should be socking away for later in life. It’s all starting to catch up with me.

    I’ll keep going, brighter notes were almost ZERO diet soda this weekend. I think I had ONE total. I did have coffee this evening with my son, but even with the caffeine in it, it’s still a more natural variety, with the yellow packet sweeter and NO sugar. yes more carbs then I wanted with diner, but I know where they were and how to eat better tomorrow to come back.

    I guess the hardest part of living with this disease is self awareness, and I am definitely  watching this more intently then I used to watch that RADAR scope. Which is to say, like a well trained hawk.

  • A New Me, December 5th, 2014 entry

    So overall for yesterday, according to my journal app (thanks Stephanie for the recommendation!!) I was 10 calories over for the day. However it said even if I did that every day, I’d still lose weight. :) So I am happy, because not every day will be like that. So Thursday was a good day, approaching great! :)

    This morning, my fasting sugar was a little high again. My coach thinks I have the “dawn phenomenon” where the body starts pumping up sugar prior to waking up. I will have to discuss with doctor to see if he wants me to wake up a couple nights at 2am and test….but again we’ll see. Even slightly elevated it wasn’t “high” so I am good with it. :) Leads me into the morning….

    SO after my fasting sugar, I had to do some running around in downtown Albany (MAYBE more on that another day, with a different topic.) ¬†which resulted in about 30 mins of walking today. So yes, I am skipping steps for the building today. :) reason being I took my post-breakfast sugar and it was actually in lower range. Like, approaching TOO low. SO I ate a “normal” lunch and I feel pretty good right now. :)

    LOVE this app though, they even have entries for “VCS 12″ Sub” which is the Veteran’s Canteen Service in my building…so I can add exactly what I ate even without the barcodes! :) Love it! As a side note, I am down to one diet soda a day, or less. I will skip the gory details, but let’s just say my bowels are already thanking me. lol

    I think that is about all for now. I hope I don’t scare everyone off with these entries. I think in the long run, it’s really going to help me! :)

  • A New Me, Testing #3


    Testing an idea, let’s see how it works. (if it works right, you should see ALL of this text below, on facebook, without having to click to my webpage. :) (Yes, Jeff, for you. LOL)

    Day 2: fasting sugar was actually IN the normal range this morning. Caused by, i think, a combo of eating out last night, at a buffet, but I ate good things; seafood (pick and peel shrimp, muscles, clams, omg did I say shrimp!?) , some sushi, one “treat” of some of the chicken dish and fried rice with vegetable. “Dessert” was cucumber salad, but, I think someone forgot to tell them to include the vinegar, as it was just cut up cucumbers. lol Started the morning with a Kind bar and some coffee. I wasn’t sure about the kind bar, but a quick google search for this particular flavor, cranberry almon + antioxidants, and ALL of the diabetic websites RAVE about it, for being under 5g sugars, and under 15g carbs total. and most of those are from nuts, which are all around good for me in small doses. A cup of coffee with it to make sure I feel “full”; yeah I know I am an oddball but coffee does this for me. lol feeling pretty good this morning, well except for jittery, but both my coach and my dietitian said as my sugars get back to a more normal level, I will start to feel this way until I am used to it again. so I will take it a bit slower today with my steps, I wanna make it back to my office without an elevator!

    It occurs to me I could be blogging all of this on my website, which I might, but would all of you reading along still click on it to read, or should I just keep doing it here? I’m still fairly new to all of this diabetic stuff, but if I can turn it around and then inspire just ONE person, I’d like that. SO what say ye?


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  • We All Served, Happy Veteran’s Day

    First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day to all my brothers and sisters, past, present and future, on this 2014 Veteran’s Day. I always feel like I wantgrenadeed to do SO MUCH more, but the US Marine’s had their place for me and I served at their order. As those of us lucky enough to come home unscathed, find a Vet, and thank them. ALL of them.

    I was lucky enough to follow my father, bless his soul and rest in peace, to follow him into service for the VA. I’ve had a lot of jobs throughout my life, but the ones I felt the best about were in service to others. Yes, I needed the paychecks to support my family, but I wasn’t happy enough in the jobs that just made money for others. Serving my country, 911 dispatcher, and now working as a small part in the VA system. I needed to serve and will continue to do so as long as they allow me to.

    I also wanted to speak to the vets that seem the need to “call out” the “POGS”, those that “never saw combat” or those that “didn’t do enough.” For YEARS I beat myself up over this; I served during a war period but never “went anywhere” other then good ole Beaufort, SC. But we ALL had a purpose. Mine was to do the best I could and eventually to train others on positions I could.

    Sure, we jab at the Navy, we jab at the Army, and everyone jabs at each other. It’s service rivalry. BUT WE ALL Servburial_detail ed. WE ALL are on the same side. And no matter what we did or didn’t do, we did it. And in this generation we did it because we ASKED to. None of us were drafted as in days of old.

    So if I can wish one thing for this 2014 Vet’s day…..STOP the name calling, stop all of the pointing of fingers, and just thank your fellow vets. I am sure they, we, will appreciate it much more then anything else.

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